A huge success! Save the date for next year's conference on the final Friday in February

February 28, 2020

Chicago Friendly Lawyers Conference

For solo and small firm managing lawyers.

For lawyers thinking about going out on their own.

For friendly lawyers.

4.5 CLE!

Hours pending approval.

Food and Drinks included!

Awesome Networking party!

Topics Covered

Our great line-up of speakers are talking off-the-cuff about these topics as time permits, as the moderator and the audience directs the conversation!

Talk about what's important to YOU!

All things related to your Back Office!

  • Different Ways to Start a Law Practice
  • Your Vision, Your Business Model
  • Ways to Grow Your Practice
  • Being Efficient, Streamlining
  • Hiring and Staff Transitioning
  • Long-term Perspectives
  • Important Office Policies and Procedures to Have in Place
  • Where to Find Staff and Ways to Weed Out Bad Candidates
  • Malpractice Concerns and Trends
  • Having a Surrogate Attorney in Place

All things related to Legal Technology!

  • What's new and what's Good in Legal Technology
  • Options in Cloud File Storage
  • Risks of Email and Data Security
  • Cool Tools Everyone Can Use

All things related to Business and Brand Development!

  • Analyzing Advertising Value - What is Best for You?
  • How to Sell Your Strengths
  • How to Determine Your Strengths
  • Ethical Considerations to Keep in Mind
  • Social Media Platforms and Best Practices
  • What to Expect from Social media
  • How to Get Comfortable Networking
  • How to Identify Worthwhile Events
  • Prioritizing Your Schedule
  • Ways to Follow Up

  • Being an Inclusive Leader
  • What Will Be the Characteristics of Future Workplaces - What is Trending
  • Discussing Implicit Bias and How it Affects Your Work, Your Clients, and Your Staff


John Brennock
Law Firm Business Plans
Beth Boghossian
Law Firm Business Plans
J. C. Griffin
Law Firm Business Plans
Catherine Sanders Reach
Legal Technology
Nora Brathol
Legal Technology
Renato Mariotti
Marne Smiley
Steve Fretzin
Trisha Rich
Sally Zimmerman

What will it take to get you out of the office for a day?

What if you can:

  • Maximize your network
  • Be inspired
  • Learn something
  • Make quality connections
  • Have a great time

We want you for one day and one evening! This is a legal conference completely unlike the rest, because we are a legal social networking group unlike the rest.

At this, the inaugural Chicago Friendly Lawyers Conference, we want you to know we’re just that – friendly, and part of a local community of lawyers in the same boat you’re in.

We are solo and small firm lawyers managing our practices and wearing multiple hats. We are facing the same challenges and we are balancing work and life as best we can.

What’s different about us is that we aren’t interested in simply building our business card portfolio or shaking as many hands as possible. We want to develop genuine friendships, we want open dialogue about challenges, and we want to get to know each other and support each other. Regardless of whether it’s a substantive question or some moral support when running your practice feels overwhelming.

Don't wait!

Limited tickets are available for this event
due to space constraints and they are
available on a first come first serve basis!

What it’s not:

  • For medium or large firm lawyers, especially the arrogant ones.
  • A heavy schedule of substantive topics with talking heads droning on. The truth is, that happens.
  • Traditional
  • Predictable

This conference is set up to be interactive, energizing, and interesting. Check out our schedule to see how it differs from the norm. Check back, as we’ll be updating it with new information as details are confirmed! It will be a fun environment that’s guaranteed to be unforgettable.

Best of all, this conference is customized to our needs – it’s not intended to be useful for big law attorneys and associates. It’s meant for the lawyer with an entrepreneurial spirit! We are focusing on quality and quality is something not to be watered down. We are limiting the number of conference attendees because we want this conference to be intimate and comfortable. Like a day trip with friends that extends into the night because you’re having a great time! Don’t get lost in a sea of rhetoric. The Chicago Friendly Lawyers Conference is all about you and making your network work for you.

Typical attendee: Our group demographic charts here


Having financial trouble? Fill out our financial hardship form and submit to business@friendly-lawyers.com

The application must be submitted at least one week in advance of the program.

Financial Hardship Application Form